Dragon Rising: An Inside Look At China Today
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Dragon Rising: An Inside Look At China Today

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No nation on Earth is as newsworthy as 21st-century China—and no book could be timelier than Dragon Rising, as world attention focuses on China's all-out effort to present itself as a modern world power and on the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Becker is the ideal guide to the profound changes within China that are reshaping global economic, diplomatic, and military strategies. He...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published November 6th 2007 by National Geographic (first published 2006)
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Uwe Hook
The photos of today's China are some of the best you've ever seen and then you realize why. This book was put out by National Geographic. Hence it looks like a coffee table book but it's so much more than that.

The author, Jasper Becker, breaks China down region by region focusing on the economic booms and fallouts of each from the "Rust Belt" northern industrial areas to the Special Economic Zones in southern China. It will definitely make you think about what sort of suffering you're supporting...more
Sep 03, 2007 Paul rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People interested in the future, economics, history, change, etc.
I love the book but is also a little scary.

What I learned:

There is a town of Dongyang that produces 9 billion socks a year, more than enough to warm every pair of feet on the planet. In 1986, the country was served by fewer than 2,000 international telephoine and telex lines; now the country has more than 300 million mobile phone users, more than the US. In some areas, the government has developed 1st world infastructure and has 3rd world wages. If you are a manufacturer, how do you compete? Wh...more
I'd like to give this book 3.5 stars, but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and round up. This book manages to give a solid, fact-supported account of the story of where China has been, where it is today, and where it may go. It looses some points though because the facts appear in such large clumps that one can't digest them all at once. At first I tried, but my attention would drift I'd have lost the thread of what the facts were about by the time Becker returned to the narrative. I found...more
I was looking for a book that would give details on what it was like to live in China today, but instead this was a very dry "this happened, then this, then this" history book. A perfect example of why I hated History in school.
Jul 17, 2013 Velvetink marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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